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Has anyone been cured of obstructive sleep apnea after tonsillectomy?
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(05-04-2017, 09:02 PM)Russatrice Wrote: I saw my ENT specialist today and have been scheduled for tonsillectomy surgery to remove very large and chronically inflamed tonsils. 

The doctor offered to include an uvulectomy in the procedure, which I declined. He didn't really have any convincing arguments for it other than it would reduce the snoring noise. I don't snore anymore on CPAP but also was told I'd need a new sleep study after the surgery as I could potentially no longer be needing treatment for sleep apnea once this obstruction is removed.

I wonder what other hoseheads experienced after getting their tonsils removed. Can I expect to be cured and burn the mask and all???

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I had a tonsillectomy and the surgeon said it would improve my breathing by 40%.

Whilst it did improve my breathing it didn't eliminate my sleep apnea because prior to surgery I had 84 events per hour (severe).

Very happy I had it done though, because when I exercised I was always gasping for air due to these huge tonsils blocking my airway.
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(05-05-2017, 12:31 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote: Anyway, my tonsils weren't necessarily large, just nasty. They had been a problem most of my life but no one would ever remove them. "They're too swollen now, maybe when that goes down." "Well, they look fine now. No need taking out healthy tissues."

I didn't realize how sick they were making me until they were gone.

My sister had this problem too.  She used to be ill every other month.  After getting her tonsils finally taken out, she has only been ill once since 1998. Oh, and she got the cpap AFTER the tonsillectomy, so it didn't save her from that. The deviated septum surgery appeared to do that.
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Well, I guess I will reduce my hopes of a "miracle cure" for my apnea, lol, it was probably too good to be true, but I'll definitely be looking forward to getting sick less often once the tonsils are gone! I was suspecting that my tonsils are responsible for much sickness, but now several of you have confirmed it. Thank you for all the interesting responses. I guess if I was born a few years earlier, I too would have had my tonsils ripped out by default, but interestingly enough the madness seemed to stop after all my three older brothers were subject to it. Funny thing is that I was probably the only one sibling that actually should have had those tonsils removed....
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(05-07-2017, 10:24 PM)Russatrice Wrote: Well, I guess I will reduce my hopes of a "miracle cure" for my apnea, lol, it was probably too good to be true, but I'll definitely be looking forward to getting sick less often once the tonsils are gone! I was suspecting that my tonsils are responsible for much sickness, but now several of you have confirmed it. Thank you for all the interesting responses. I guess if I was born a few years earlier, I too would have had my tonsils ripped out by default, but interestingly enough the madness seemed to stop after all my three older brothers were subject to it. Funny thing is that I was probably the only one sibling that actually should have had those tonsils removed....

You will wish you had it done then.

Because nowadays manufacturers have snuck all sorts of food acids into almost everything you buy, so you everything will burn your throat like acid once the "ice cream" stage is over.

I hardly ate anything for 10 days.
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(05-09-2017, 04:24 AM)lab rat Wrote:
(05-07-2017, 10:24 PM)Russatrice Wrote: Well, I guess I will reduce my hopes of a "miracle cure" for my apnea, lol, it was probably too good to be true, but I'll definitely be looking forward to getting sick less often once the tonsils are gone! I was suspecting that my tonsils are responsible for much sickness, but now several of you have confirmed it. Thank you for all the interesting responses. I guess if I was born a few years earlier, I too would have had my tonsils ripped out by default, but interestingly enough the madness seemed to stop after all my three older brothers were subject to it. Funny thing is that I was probably the only one sibling that actually should have had those tonsils removed....

You will wish you had it done then.

Because nowadays manufacturers have snuck all sorts of food acids into almost everything you buy, so you everything will burn your throat like acid once the "ice cream" stage is over.

I hardly ate anything for 10 days.

Now, now, let's not discourage her... There's lots of fresh and healthy food ou there, you don't have to eat machine prepared, chemically rich and insipid food... Go, watch some masterchef AU episodes, read a Curtis Stone (or maybe Teresa Cutter ?) cookbook... Cooking and baking is really easy and all those anti-oxidants and vitamins does wonders for your recovery.
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(05-05-2017, 11:04 AM)Russatrice Wrote: Thank you all for the input. This doctor has long waiting list for surgeries, so it'll be some time before this is going to happen ayways. I'll be ok either way now that I've gotten used to CPAP but it would still be nice to no longer depend on a machine to get some quality sleep.

Did you end up getting your tonsils out? How did it go? I hear it's a horrible experience as an adult. 

Did it cure or help your sleep apnea?

I'm wondering because I just saw an ENT and he told me mine are enlarged and that if I had them removed there's an 80% chance it would cure my sleep apnea. 
It's hard for me to believe since I have severe sleep apnea. It may at least reduce it, so I'll probably end up doing it.
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Back in the early 90's I had a sleep study done after bringing in a vhs tape of me fighting for breath at night. My apnea was very high. I don't remember what it was but I was one of those people that fell asleep standing up in the morning shower before work, and many other bizarre symptoms. Apnea wasn't much of a thing then and the ear/nose/throat doctor recommended an operation for it. I had had severe tonsil infections as a late teen but never removed them. My uvula was elongated to a large extent.

After the operation my symptoms disappeared within a couple of days. I now know that my apnea AHI probably dropped from maybe the 60's or more to around 15-20 as my recent use of an apap machine, when starting out on my own showed AHI numbers in that area. Since then, with the machine, I'm down to an AHI of 0.5-3.0 most nights. What change do I notice? Before the apap machine I was not sleepy during the day but did nod off in the evenings a bit. I chalked it up to gettng older. Since the apap machine usage I have much more energy and don't nod off much in the evenings.

So, my experience is that the operation alleviated most of my very severe symptoms and the apap machine, many years later, finished the job.
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(10-24-2017, 04:45 AM)JonnyCPAP Wrote: I'm wondering because I just saw an ENT and he told me mine are enlarged and that if I had them removed there's an 80% chance it would cure my sleep apnea.

Get a second opinion from a reliable ENT.

Just so you know, I've had three sinus surgeries, so I understand the benefit of surgery. But I also know that ENT opinions vary. Even if you have to take a long car trip to a large population center to find a good ENT clinic for a second opinion, it would be worth it.

Quote:It's hard for me to believe since I have severe sleep apnea. It may at least reduce it, so I'll probably end up doing it.

"Severe" means "more frequent" and has little to do with intensity. Compared to other surgeries people have endured for sleep apnea, a tonsillectomy seems a rather tame option. With odds that high, I'd be looking forward to it. Although I love my CPAP machine for what it does for me, I also hate that I have to use the contraption. A chance to chuck it would be awesome, and like you say, even if you still need it after the surgery it seems likely that you'd need a much lower, and therefore more comfortable, pressure.
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My tonsils and adnoids are gone and I am here. I got to eat a lot of icecream for days.
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